Quite a few upsets last weekend in many of the regions where there was an obvious favorite. It just shows how no one can be counted out of a run to the top. This weekend there are 11 regions competing and many of the tournaments are a toss-up, with team and player of the week honors also up for grabs. Who will join Georgia and Florida as the best teams of this young season? Here's a preview of what to expect this weekend.
The University of Maryland will host the first regional tournament of the Fall 2018 season this weekend as teams from the Capitol region begin their quest for a National Championship. It's no secret that Maryland will have an advantage at their home course, but there will be plenty of competition this weekend and multiple teams have a chance to take home the hardware.
The Great Lakes region will be competing at the Heritage Bluffs Public Golf Club in Channahon, IL this weekend. Last semester, DePaul University was the only team from the Great Lakes region to attend Nationals and was ranked 25th for the season. We will see if they are up for their fourth nationals appearance this year or if one of the other seven schools playing this weekend will come out on top.
The Fall 2018 season will kick off for the Metro region at Tunxis Plantation Golf Course in Farmington, CT. After taking control of the region last semester, Central Connecticut is eager to come back and claim another 1st place flag. Marist College is bringing two teams; perhaps new potential? Lastly, Quinnipiac University is making their first appearance back since Spring ‘17. Best of luck to them!
Gull Lake View Golf Club is where the Midwest region will kick off the season this week. Rivals Michigan and Michigan State are the two front runners. However, this season there are plenty of other teams competing who will be looking to take them down and get one step closer to a National Championship!
The New England region was one of the lucky regions to have three tournaments this season and will be competing in their second tournament at Westover Municipal Golf Course in Granby, MA. Currently, Providence is locked in the top three spots with their A team in first place and their B team in third place, and University of Connecticut in between them. We will see after this weekend if Providence will continue their hot streak.
Seneca Hickory Stick Golf Course will be the stage for the Northeast region. What an impressive turnout with 8 schools bringing teams, and some bringing B teams as well! Niagara is expecting a three-peat at this regional tournament, but any of the other 7 universities can post some low scores. Anyone from the Northeast region can show up on the national rankings soon enough.
The North region is one of a couple regions that added a 3rd tournament to the schedule this semester, and this weekend they will kick off the first of three regional tournaments at Lake Arrowhead Golf Course. The North region is packed full of talented teams who will be fighting to take home the trophy this weekend and get one step closer to competing for a National Championship in Myrtle Beach.
Ohio Valley will be competing in three tournaments this fall, and tournament #2 is this weekend at Cumberland Trail Golf Club in Pataskala, OH. Miami of Ohio is leading the pack with Dayton in second and Cincinnati in third. However as of Tuesday, Miami of Ohio is not competing this weekend. Which one of the other schools will take advantage?
Get ready for some intense and competitive play at Pilgrim’s Oak Golf Course. Wow! Another region with huge turnout! 10 teams are competing this weekend and once again there are some B teams. Will any of the B teams go lower than A teams? Definitely a possibility with Villanova on the tee.
Georgia came out firing in the first regional tournament a few weeks ago posting a team total of -4 for the tournament. It is no secret that UGA will be the team to beat this weekend at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Silver Lake. This region is stacked full of talent though, and plenty of teams are looking to take down 2 time NCCGA National Champs Georgia.
The Twin Cities region will also be playing in their second tournament this weekend at Veenker Memorial Golf Course in Ames, IA. The University of Minnesota is in the lead after the first tournament with the University of Nebraska and Minnesota’s B team in a close second and third, respectively. Last spring, Creighton University was right behind Minnesota with both teams going to Nationals so we will see if Creighton can give them a run for their money.